PSG.LGD tops Group A, Secret and OG secure Upper Bracket slots, and Chaos Esports Club is eliminated from Main event contention as Day 3 comes to a close
With the second half of the TI9 Group Stage underway, the Dota 2 world was waiting with baited breath to see what story lines would unfold on Day 3 of play in Shanghai. Those fans around the world certainly weren’t disappointed, as the action in both groups heated up in a major way as teams looked to shore up their positions in the standings before the onset of the incredibly high pressure of the final day of Group Stage play. When all was said and done on Day 3, 5 squads knew what fate awaited them after the conclusion of the Group Stage, with PSG.LGD, Team Secret, and OG locking down spots in the Upper Bracket, Keen Gaming earning itself a spot in the Lower Bracket, and Chaos Esports Club being mathematically eliminated from contention for a Main Event slot entirely.
In Group A, the group leaders once again stole the show, as PSG.LGD Team Secret put together a combined 6-4 record to lock down their spots in the Upper Bracket. With a 2-0 victory over Team Secret in the final series of the day, PSG.LGD also secured the top spot in the Group A standings, and will have the ability to select its first opponent in the Main Event. At the bottom of the group standings, another duo of squads locked in their own positions, as Keen Gaming closed out its Group Stage run with a 5-9 record that will put it in the Lower Bracket of the Main Event, while Chaos Esports Club’s disappointing 2-12 mark will prevent it from advancing out of the Group Stage regardless of the results of its final series on Day 4. In between those 2 groups are a slew of squads that are all still hoping for a shot at an Upper Bracket slot, as Newbee, Mineski, Alliance, TNC Predator, and Team Liquid are all separated by just 2 wins in the standings.
In Group B, the picture is not nearly so clear, as only 1 team in the group currently knows exactly where it will end up once the Main Event gets underway. That lone squad is defending TI Champion OG, as the squad put together a perfect 4-0 run in Day 3 to lock down the top slot in Group B. Aside from that development, the biggest story from the group came from Chinese squad Royal Never Give Up, as the squad put together a 4-0 run of its own on Day 3 to push itself out of the bottom of the group standings, moving from a tie for 8th into a tie for 5th. As for the other teams in the group, no one managed to create much separation from their rivals, as the teams from 2nd to 8th place are all separated by just 3 wins heading into Day 4. Even the team at the bottom of the group Standings (NiP with a 2-10 record) still has a shot at avoiding elimination, setting the group up for some high stakes, exciting matches on the final day of the Group Stage.
Records by region
Total Record: 14-12 (5-3 on Day 3)
vs. other regions: 14-12 (5-3 on Day 3)
Total Record: 5-7 (1-3 on Day 3)
vs. other regions: 5-7 (1-3 on Day 3)
Total Record: 40-42 (14-16 on Day 3)
vs. other regions: 28-30 (12-14 on Day 3)
Total Record: 12-14 (2-6 on Day 3)
vs. other regions: 10-12 (2-6 on Day 3)
Total Record: 19-21 (6-8 on Day 3)
vs. other regions: 17-19 (6-8 on Day 3)
Total Record: 30-24 (12-4 on Day 3)
vs. other regions: 26-20 (12-4 on Day 3)
Standout individual Performances on Day 3
Highest Kill Count (in a single match): ana – 20
Highest Kill Count (total): YawaR – 58
Highest Assist Count (in a single match): MSS – 35
Highest Assist Count (total): MSS – 118
Fewest Deaths (in a single match): LaNm, Chalice, fy, YapzOr, YawaR, Saksa, Flyby, MidOne, Ori, –, miCke, old chicken, Puppey, Maybe, Setsu, Jabz, Nisha, & Nikobaby – 0
Fewest Deaths (total): Paparazi – 2
Highest Last Hit Count (in a single match): MATUMBAMAN – 1,105
Highest Last Hit Count (total): YawaR – 3,360
Highest GPM (in a single match): old chicken – 1,053
Best Averages of TI9
Kills per game: ana – 10.43
Deaths per game: Ame – 1.64
Assists per game: MSS – 17.57
GPM: Crystallize – 737
Last Hits: YawaR – 500
KDA Ratio: Maybe – 10.44
Most picked hero of Day 3: Tiny – 14
Most picked hero of TI9: Ogre Magi & Elder Titan – 43
Most banned hero of Day 3: Alchemist – 26
Most banned hero of TI9: Alchemist & Enchantress – 82
Highest combined pick/ban rate of Day 3: Mirana – 33 (82.50% of all matches)
Highest combined pick/ban rate of TI9: Alchemist – 104 (86.67% of all matches)
|9th||Chaos Esports Club||2-12|
|T-5th||Royal Never Give Up||5-7|
|9th||Ninjas in Pyjamas||2-10|
With Day 3 in the books, we can take a brief look at how each of the team’s performed to start the second half of the TI9 Group Stage. This section will outline each of the team’s match ups for the day, along with the results of said match ups and the team’s overall record both for the day in question, and across TI9 as a whole.
Format: Team Name (Record Overall) (Record for Day): [Matches for Day]
Win = 2-0 Draw = 1-1 Loss = 0-2
Alliance (7-7) (3-3): [Draw vs. Newbee, Draw vs. Team Liquid, Draw vs. Mineski]:
Entering Day 3 with an even 4-4 record, Alliance had the potential to make or break its Group Stage run as it had 3 series scheduled for the day. The squad managed to hold steady throughout all of those series, claiming 1-1 draws against Newbee, Team Liquid, and Mineski to maintain its even record at 7-7. All things considered, the squad and its fans can’t be overly disappointed by this performance, as Group A has proven to be incredibly even aside from the absolute top and bottom of the group standings. The good news for Alliance is that its 3-3 showing on Day 3 keeps it within striking distance of earning itself a spot in the Upper Bracket of the Main Event. On the other hand though, the European squad has just a single series left on its schedule for Day 4, and it comes against one of the top teams in the group in the form of PSG.LGD. Between that tough match up and the potential for tiebreaker matches, Alliance is almost assuredly going to face some high pressure situations on the final day of the Group Stage in Shanghai.
Chaos Esports Club (2-12) (1-5): [Loss vs. Keen Gaming, Draw vs. TNC Predator, Loss vs. Newbee]:
Coming into Day 3 with a meager 1-7 record, Chaos Esports Club was in need of a breakthrough performance in order to give itself a chance of avoiding elimination and surviving the Group Stage. With 3 series on its Day 3 schedule, the squad had multiple opportunities to finally find that success, but the European squad mostly squandered those opportunities as it won just a single game to post a 1-5 mark. The squad showed brief glimpses of strength, but said glimpses were simply too rare and too inconsistent to push the squad to any semblance of success as the team took 0-2 losses against both Keen Gaming and Newbee while claiming a 1-1 draw against TNC Predator. With a 2-12 overall record, Chaos Esports Club technically has games left to play on Day 4 of the Group Stage, but those final matches no longer matter for the squad. The team has already been mathematically eliminated from contention for a spot at the Main Event, which means that its final series against Team Secret will be played for the sake of pride only as Chaos Esports Club’s TI9 run will come to an end at the conclusion of Day 4.
Keen Gaming (5-11) (3-3): [Win vs. Chaos Esports Club, Draw vs. Newbee, Loss vs. Team Liquid]:
With a 2-8 record coming into Day 3, Keen Gaming found itself in a position in which it desperately needed wins to keep itself safe from the threat of elimination. With the team also set to play all 3 of its remaining series on Day 3, the pressure to find success was even higher for the Chinese squad. While the team’s play over the course of the entire day wasn’t overly impressive, Keen Gaming managed to do what it needed to on Day 3, putting together a 3-3 mark with a win against Chaos Esports Club, a draw against Newbee, and a loss to Team Liquid. Though the squad ended its Group Stage run with an underwhelming 5-11 record, that record proved to be enough to guarantee that Keen Gaming would hold a better mark than Chaos Esports Club, thus allowing the Chinese squad to avoid elimination and earn its place in the Lower Bracket of the Main Event. With no matches schedule for Day 4 and no potential tiebreaker scenarios, Keen Gaming will effectively have an extra day off to regroup and collect itself in anticipation of taking the stage at the Main Event.
Mineski (7-7) (2-4): [Loss vs. PSG.LGD, Draw vs. Team Secret, Draw vs. Alliance]:
Day 2 saw Mineski make a somewhat surprising push up the standings with a 3-1 record for the day, and with 3 series on the docket for Day 3, the Southeast Asian squad had the potential to truly make or break its Group Stage run. The team’s performance was not quite as strong as it could have been, but Mineski did manage to salvage 2 draws across its 3 series to end the day with a 2-4 mark to shift its overall record to 7-7. Considering the fact that the team played 2 of its 3 series against the 2 leading teams in Group A in Team Secret and PSG.LGD, the squad’s run on Day 3 should probably be seen as a positive showing overall, especially as it keeps the squad in the running for a potential spot in the Upper Bracket of the Main Event. Whether or not the Southeast Asian squad manages to lay claim to that position though will come down to its play on the final day of the Group Stage, as Mineski has one series left on its schedule before any potential tiebreaker scenarios come into play.
Newbee (8-6) (4-2): [Draw vs. Alliance, Draw vs. Keen Gaming, Win vs. Chaos Esports Club]:
Newbee found itself with a fairly big opportunity as it entered Day 3 of the Group Stage, as the team was set to play 3 series against teams in the lower half of the Group A standings in Alliance, Keen Gaming, and Chaos Esports Club. The squad didn’t let that opportunity go to waste, earning 1-1 draws against the 2 former squads and a 2-0 victory over the latter to post a 4-2 mark on the day to bring its overall record up to 8-6. That record moved the squad all the way up to 3rd in the group standings, giving Newbee an incredibly strong shot at earning itself a place in the Upper Bracket of the Main Event. Considering the fact that this team was considered one of the weakest in the group prior to the start of TI9, this run from the North American squad has been truly impressive, but the squad isn’t done just yet. The team’s place in the Upper Bracket still hasn’t been fully secured, and the team will need to put together one last strong showing against Mineski in its lone scheduled series of Day 4 if it wants to lock down that coveted position. A win pushes the squad into the Upper Bracket no matter what, while a draw or tie opens up the possibility for tiebreakers or even a drop directly into the Lower Bracket.
PSG.LGD (12-2) (4-0): [Win vs. Mineski, Win vs. Team Secret]:
PSG.LGD came into Day 3 as a clear leader in its group, and the Chinese powerhouse didn’t let up for even a moment as it smashed its way past both Mineski and Team Secret to claim a perfect 4-0 mark on the day. Those impressive victories pushed the team’s overall record to 12-2, securing the team a spot in the Upper Bracket of the Main Event as well as the best record in Group A and the right to choose its first opponent in said Main Event. The squad has been the epitome of consistency throughout this Group Stage, and regardless of the results of its lone Day 4 series against Alliance, PSG.LGD will head into the Main Event as one of the most formidable and terrifying squads in the field as the team looks to continue its push to claim the Aegis of Champions in Shanghai.
Team Liquid (6-8) (3-1): [Draw vs. Alliance, Win vs. Keen Gaming]:
Team Liquid did not enter Day 3 in the most advantageous of positions, as the team’s struggles over the first 2 days of play had it sitting on a 3-7 record at the start of the day. However, the European squad was able to bounce back with some impressive performances in its 2 series of the day, claiming a 1-1 draw against Alliance and a 2-0 win against Keen Gaming to post a 3-1 mark to improve its overall record to 6-8. The team didn’t fully do away with all of its prior concerns though, as the squad had an average match length of just under 46 minutes on Day 3 as it needed quite a long time to secure its victories. In spite of those concerns though, Team Liquid will enter Day 4 with an opportunity to claim a place in the Upper Bracket of the Main Event, though it will need a 2-0 win in its lone scheduled series against TNC Predator to even have a chance at earning that coveted position.
Team Secret (10-4) (2-4): [Draw vs. TNC Predator, Draw vs. Mineski, Loss vs. PSG.LGD]:
After remaining perfect throughout the first 2 days of play in Shanghai, Team Secret entered Day 3 all but guaranteed a spot in the Upper Bracket of the Main Event. While the European juggernaut was able to secure enough wins to lock down that coveted position, the team’s undefeated streak was finally brought to an end as the squad went 2-4 on Day 3 with 2 1-1 draws against TNC Predator and Mineski and a 0-2 defeat at the hands of PSG.LGD. The fact that Team Secret put together its worst performances of the Group Stage and still managed to keep its place near the top of the Group A standings is a testament to just how strong this squad has been so far in Shanghai. With the team unable to overtake PSG.LGD for the top spot in the group standings, and its lone opponent of Day 4 (Chaos Esports Club) already mathematically eliminated, the team’s final day of play in the Group Stage will effectively be played for pride’s sake as the squad closes things out with a low stakes match up.
TNC Predator (7-7) (2-2): [Draw vs. Team Secret, Draw vs. Chaos Esports Club]:
After posting three straight 1-1 draws over its last 3 series, TNC Predator came into Day 3 needing simply to maintain its current pace in order to keep itself in a relatively favorable position in the Group A standings. With another pair of draws against Team Secret and Chaos Esports Club, the Southeast Asian squad did just that, though the team may have let 1 or 2 opportunities pass it by over the course of the day. The team’s 1-1 split against Tecret was incredibly impressive, as the team handed the European juggernaut its first loss of the entire Group Stage. However, TNC Predator’s performance in its second series of the day was somewhat concerning. After needing nearly 59 minutes to close out a win in Game 1 of the series, the team gave up a shocking comeback win to its opponent in Game 2 in which it lost a net worth lead of over 26k. Even with that being the case, TNC Predator has shown itself to be one of the more consistent squads within its group, and the team will enter Day 4 with a shot at earning itself a place in the Upper Bracket of the Main Event if it can avoid any major setbacks in its lone series on that final day of the Group Stage.
Evil Geniuses (6-6) (1-1): [Draw vs. Infamous]:
With just a single game on the schedule for EG on Day 3 of the Group Stage, the North American squad was simply looking to maintain its pace as it faced off against South American squad Infamous. The team’s performance was not quite as strong as it may have liked, but its efforts did lead to a solid 1-1 split that keeps the team on even footing with a 6-6 overall record. With its final 2 series both slated to be played on the final day of the Group Stage, EG looks to be pretty much guaranteed to advance to the Main Event. The question now will be whether it ends up in the Upper or Lower Bracket to start said Main Event, with the answer to that question almost assuredly coming down to the squad’s play on Day 4.
Fnatic (5-7) (2-2): [Win vs. Natus Vincere, Loss vs. OG]:
Fnatic came into Day 3 with a fairly tough schedule laid out for it, as the Southeast Asian squad faced off against a pair of Group B’s leading squads in Na’Vi and OG. Considering the team’s somewhat inconsistent play over the first 2 days of the Group Stage, it wasn’t fully clear just how well the squad would stack up against those opponents, but Fnatic managed to put together a decent showing in its 2 series of the day. The team started things off with strong performance against Na’Vi, claiming a 2-0 series win over the CIS squad in a pair of one sided matches. Unfortunately, Fnatic found itself on the other side of a stomp in its second series, as the team suffered a rough 0-2 defeat at the hands of a transcendent OG squad. At 5-7, Fnatic currently sits just shy of the mark to claim a spot in the Upper Bracket of the Main Event, and the squad appears to still be in control of its own fate with 2 series left to play on Day 4. So long as the squad managed to earn itself at least 2 wins across its last 4 matches though, then it is guaranteed to avoid elimination and advance to the Main Event in some capacity.
Infamous (5-7) (1-3): [Draw vs. Evil Geniuses, Loss vs. Virtus.pro]:
After an impressive performance on Day 2 of the Group Stage, Infamous came into Day 3 with an opportunity to push itself into the top half of the Group B standings if it could put together a similar showing in its 2 series of the day. The team started things off fairly well with a 1-1 draw against EG, but ended up falling short against VP with a 0-2 defeat at the hands of the CIS squad. The team managed to put up an admirable fight across its matches though, with 3 of its 4 matches lasting over 40 minutes while the South American squad was out killed by a relatively small margin with a 97-110 total score line. Even with a 1-3 showing on the day, Infamous remains in a fairly favorable position in its group. However, the team still can’t afford to take things easy heading into this final day of the Group Stage, as surrendering losses in either of its last 2 series against RNG and NiP could still put the South American team in danger of facing elimination in Shanghai.
Natus Vincere (7-7) (0-4): [Loss vs. Fnatic, Loss vs. Royal Never Give Up]:
Na’Vi’s unexpectedly strong performances over the first 2 days in Shanghai had it sitting in an incredibly favorable position coming into Day 3, but the CIS squad’s momentum would come to a screeching halt. The team suffered 0-2 defeats at the hands of both Fnatic and RNG, posting a 0-4 record on the day while looking nowhere close to the same level that it had been on the 2 prior days of play. The goods news for Na’Vi is that its previous success had earned the team a sizable cushion to fall back on, as the team comes into Day 4 with a 7-7 record that is still among the best in Group B. With just 1 series left to play in the Group Stage though, Na’Vi is still in danger of dropping out of the top half of the group standings and losing its shot at advancing to the Upper Bracket of the Main Event. Should the squad fail to bounce back from this disappointing Day 3 performance though, the squad could very well find itself in the Lower Bracket once the Main Event gets underway.
Ninjas in Pyjamas (2-10) (1-3): [Loss vs. Royal Never Give Up, Draw vs. Vici Gaming]:
The first half of the Group Stage had not gone particularly well for NiP, as the European squad held a shockingly weak 1-7 record coming into Day 3. The squad had 2 series to play on its third day of matches in Shanghai, and it desperately needed to pull out some wins in order to push out of the bottom section of the Group B standings and save itself from the threat of elimination. Unfortunately, the squad didn’t put together the triumphant showing that it had envisioned, taking a 0-2 loss at the hands of RNG before salvaging a 1-1 split against Vici Gaming to bring its overall record to 2-10. The good news is that the team is not knocked out of the Group Stage just yet, with NiP set to play 2 series on Day 4. However, the team will need at least 3 wins across those final 4 matches to even force a tiebreaker scenario in its group, leaving the squad with precious little room for error as it will face the duo of Infamous and EG with its TI9 life on the line.
OG (13-1) (4-0): [Win vs. Virtus.pro, Win vs. Fnatic]:
The run of absolute dominance continued for OG on Day 3 of the Group Stage, as the TI8 Champion swept its way to a 4-0 performance and its second straight day of play without a single loss to its name. The team looked fantastic against both VP and Fnatic, playing at a level that its opponents simply could not seem to match as the squad held near complete control of both match ups. With its victories on Day 3, OG has now won an incredible 12 straight matches on the TI stage, and its 13-1 record stands as the best among all teams in Shanghai heading into the final day of the Group Stage. OG will have the benefit of facing no real pressure on that last day, as the squad’s impressive performance has guaranteed it a spot in the Upper Bracket of the Main Event.
Royal Never Give Up (5-7) (4-0): [Win vs. Ninjas in Pyjamas, Win vs. Natus Vincere]:
Entering the day with a 1-7 overall record, RNG found itself in desperate need of wins as the squad fought to dig its way out of the bottom of the Group B standings. After 2 days of disappointment, the Chinese squad finally found its groove, claiming 2-0 wins against both NiP and Na’Vi to post a clean 4-0 sweep of its Day 3 matches. Those wins improved the squad’s overall record to 5-7, not only putting the squad in a better position to avoid an elimination scenario, but actually keeping a small degree of hope alive for a push for a place in the Upper Bracket of the Main Event. Considering the incredibly poor performance that we had seen from the squad in the first half of the Group Stage, it was nearly inconceivable that RNG would be in this kind of position heading into Day 4. Should the squad manage to put together anything close to this level of performance on that final day, then RNG could very well pull off one of the more impressive comeback efforts of TI9 so far.
Vici Gaming (8-4) (1-1): [Draw vs. Ninjas in Pyjamas]:
Vici Gaming came into Day 3 of the Group Stage with a relatively light workload, as the Chinese squad played just a single series against NiP. Considering the significant struggles that its opponent had faced to this point in the event, Vici Gaming appeared to be in an incredibly favorable position heading into the match up. However, Vici Gaming stumbled a bit against its European opponent, splitting the series 1-1 with a blowout win in Game 1 and a one sided loss in Game 2. Considering the squad’s strong position at the start of the day, the 1-1 record on Day 3 doesn’t particularly hurt Vici Gaming, as the squad remains near the top of the Group B standings and is still expected to claim a spot in the Upper Bracket of the Main Event. However, failing to claim a 2-0 win against one of the weakest teams in its group should certainly be seen as a missed opportunity, and one that still keeps the squad from being fully secure in its position heading into the final day of the Group Stage.
Virtus.pro (5-7) (2-2): [Loss vs. OG, Win vs. Infamous]:
VP certainly shocked many Dota 2 fans on Day 2, but not for the right reasons as the squad lost all 4 of its matches that day. Coming into Day 3, the CIS squad needed to put together some strong showings in order to turn things around and push its way back up the Group B standings. The day certainly didn’t begin in strong fashion for the team though, as VP suffered a 0-2 defeat at the hands of OG in what was a significantly one sided series. With the pressure starting to press in though, VP managed to finally break its losing streak, taking a 2-0 win over Infamous to salvage a 2-2 record for the day. That win still hasn’t gotten VP out of the woods just yet though, as the team’s 5-7 record has it sitting in the lower half of the group standings. The good news for VP is that it still has a realistic shot at pushing into the top half of the standings and earning itself a place in the Upper Bracket of the Main Event, but it will have to put together a positive record on Day 4 in order to do so, as the CIS squad will face off against both EG and Fnatic on the last day of the Group Stage.
Day 4 Notable Matches
Series B8 : Ninjas in Pyjamas (2-10) vs. Infamous (5-7)
With NiP currently sitting at the bottom of the Group B standings with a 2-10 overall record, the European squads finds itself in a position in which it much win at least 3 of its final 4 Group Stage matches to even have a shot at a tiebreaker scenario to avoid elimination. That means that the squad cannot afford to take a 0-2 defeat in either of its final 2 series on Day 4, beginning with this match up against South American squad Infamous. Speaking of Infamous, this match up against a struggling NiP squad provides it with a big opportunity to move up and potentially break away from the pack of teams in 2nd through 9th that are all currently separated by just 8 wins. A 2-0 victory for Infamous would serve to knock out NiP and guarantee the South American squad a place at the Main Event, and would put the team in a prime position to contend for an Upper Bracket berth in said Main Event as well.
Series B8 : Vici Gaming (8-4) vs. Natus Vincere (7-7)
A match up between the 2nd and 3rd place teams in Group B will be among the first series of Day 4, and this particular match up could potentially carry some significance as both squads look to lock up a spot in the Upper Bracket. A draw or win for Vici Gaming guarantees it at least a tiebreaker for an Upper Bracket slot, while Na’Vi would need a 2-0 win to secure that same tiebreaker scenario. For both squads, the pressure will be on to take care of business as quickly as possible with a win in this match up, though for slightly different reasons. For Na’Vi the series will be its last scheduled match up of the Group Stage, leaving the squad at the mercy of results other than its own if it can’t lock up a win against Vici Gaming. The Chinese squad does have another series to play on Day 4, but it comes against an OG squad that has lost just a single match across the entirety of the Group Stage so far. With that in mind, both squads will be hoping to claim victory in this match up to keep their fates in their own hands and advance to the Upper Bracket of the Main Event.
Series A9: Team Liquid (6-8) vs. TNC Predator (7-7)
With this series serving as the last scheduled match up for both squads, the duo of Team Liquid and TNC Predator will both be looking to keep their hopes of earning an Upper Bracket slot alive. For Team Liquid, a 2-0 victory is an absolute necessity, as any other results will lead to the squad falling short of a tiebreaker scenario and advancing to the Lower Bracket of the Main Event. For TNC Predator, anything other than a 0-2 loss in this series keeps the squad in line for a potential tiebreaker scenario or a shot at earning an Upper Bracket slot outright. The threat of elimination may have already been removed thanks to Chaos Esports Club’s early exit, but the difference between an Upper and Lower Bracket start could make a world of difference for both of these squads heading into the Main Event.
Series A9: Newbee (8-6) vs. Mineski (7-7)
Both teams will come into this series with a shot at guaranteeing itself either a direct trip to the Upper Bracket, or a tiebreaker for 1 of the remaining 2 Upper Bracket slots in Group A. For Newbee, a 2-0 win would secure the team’s said slot, while a draw would guarantee it at least a tiebreaker scenario and a 0-2 loss would leave it dependent upon the other results in its group for a potential tiebreaker. As for Mineski, a 2-0 victory would secure the Southeast Asian squad at least a tiebreaker for an Upper Bracket slot, while a 1-1 draw or 0-2 loss would have it hoping for the right results from the group’s other matches to trigger a tiebreaker.